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Another dog thread: how often and how do you groom your dog?

curlyarcacurlyarca Posts: 8,449Registered Users
Do you take your dog to a groomer or do you do it yourself?

Does your dog have any special care needs?

I have a basset hound, so I spend my time cleaning ears and paws, brushing his coat, and trying to make him smell as little like whatever he recently rolled in as possible. I'm having trouble with his long ears (outer edges), though. Tomorrow we're going to the vet for some recs. If that doesn't work, to the cute groomer at the local pet store we go.

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  • curlysue21curlysue21 Posts: 5,219Registered Users
    I have a Lhasa-poo who has very fluffy and lightweight hairlike fur which is like Velcro. Everything sticks to it. When I groom him I need almost a full day to devote to combing, bathing, drying, and "shearing" with clippers. His fur is difficult to clean and is hard to clip evenly and bathing alone takes usually 20 minutes as it does not absorb water quickly at first and requires lots of rinsing. Did I mention he is only like eight pounds? All this for a tiny dog. I tend to avoid grooming often for this reason and try to keep it short so it is less maintenance. Nail clipping is required when they get too long but he is pretty compliant. He hates the process but likes all the the attention.

    We just got a pit and she is so easy to clean (although she gets stinky pretty quick too). A good wash and maybe some ear cleaning and she is good to go. Her nails were easy too seeing as I did them when she was sleeping ;)
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  • cyndicyndi Posts: 3,341Registered Users
    I've started taking mind to the groomers once a month. They do such a great job that there's no way I can replicate it. My dogs are pretty lazy and don't get too dirty.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I have 2 medium-large-ish dogs (about 50-60 pounds) who require serious grooming. One is a Portuguese Water Dog, and the other is a Poodle/Golden mix. Their hair is similar to each other...the curly non-shedding kind that grows and grows and grows, indefinitely, without an undercoat...so they both need shaving/clipping about 4 times a year. At about $100 each for a professional groomer, it's just too expensive. So, I do it myself. I have professional clippers, and a grooming table with an arm and noose. Having the right equipment really makes all the difference. It takes me about 1-2 hours to completely shave down each dog. I don't do anything fancy...just a one-length shave down. They are very used to it and are cooperative. I think they even enjoy it. My PWD regularly falls asleep while on the table (I don't need the arm and noose for her anymore...she's so old, I just let her lie down and flip her over when I need to do the other side).

    I clip their nails on a non-shave day, because they really don't like that part, and I don't want to ruin the shaving process for them.
  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users
    We have two dogs--a mini aussie and an aussie mix. The mini aussie is fairly easy to keep clean. She doesn't tend to smell and her hair doesn't grow longer. I can get by with bathing her myself whenever she needs it (every month or two). The aussie mix is bigger and her feet tend to look ratty if they're not kept trimmed so I take her to the groomer when it's time. I admit that I tend to let her go a little longer than I should. About half the time, I get both dogs groomed together.

    I don't trim their nails. Even though I know it doesn't hurt them, they act like it's torture. Therefore, I get their nails trimmed when we walk by the groomer and she has the nail trim sign outside.
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  • *Marah**Marah* Posts: 8,032Registered Users
    I have a male Yorkie. I groom him myself. I keep his hair in the Yorkie "puppie cut". It's just easier to maintain that way. So I trim him about every 2 months. I've seriously been thinking about going to a groomer though just for cuts. One thing I'm glad about though is Yorkies don't shed very much at all. I barely notice any shedding at all from mine.

    I bathe him and clean his ears out once a week (more if he gets muddy, or super dirty from running around in our yard). I wipe his paws and eye corners out pretty much every day. I brush his hair 4-5 times a week and 2x per week with that wet spritz stuff. I brush his teeth only once a week. I clip his nails once a month. Recently, I purchased this rotating dog nail file device..he seemed to like that better than nail clipping.
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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    Casey (spaniel) can be smelly due to ears and his oily undercoat. In the summer we do bathe him ourselves but he still goes to the groomer about every 6 weeks. I have been keeping his coat pretty short. No pretty flowing cocker cut for him lately.

    He used to let B cut his nails but he cut one too short once and now he will not let him near his toes. I take him to a local place in between grooms for his nails.
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  • SCGSCG Posts: 5,416Registered Users
    We have two Whippets... They're pretty low maintenance! So, their grooming basically consists of occasionally* brushing their coats with a rubber brush, trimming their nails, cleaning their ears (they're usually pretty grime-free), and bathing then every once in a while. We try not to bathe them too often, because their skin tends to dry out very easily if they're washed too often! We take them to a groomer every once in a while... Especially the white dog, because they get her coat nice and bright, which we can't always do!

    *By occasionally I mean, literally, like two or three times a year. They rarely need it because their fur is so short. It just helps to take off some of the excess in the spring/summer.

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  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    We have 2 miniature schnauzers. We take them to a grooming place every 7-8 weeks.
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  • WiregirlWiregirl Posts: 1,695Registered Users
    I have 2 dogs a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and a ****-A-Poo. I take them to the groomers about every 6 weeks. They get hair cuts every other appt. (12 weeks).
  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    I've had bloodhounds and a coonhound. You can use a snood to keep his ears back when eating. Otherwise just buy some baby wipes and clean 'em off nightly. I cleaned outer ears nightly and inside the ears, flushed and wiped out weekly.
    Hounds smell so there may not be a lot to do. The folds of skin, long ears, etc really trap the scent.

    I only have short hair dogs so I do all my own grooming.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Regarding ears...

    My younger dog has chronic ear infection issues. Hundreds of dollars and multiple trips to the vet couldn't clear it up. Finally, I decided to use on the dog what I use on myself after swimming...a dropperful of vinegar/alcohol in her ear each day. That cured her. Now I just put it in her ears a couple times a week as maintenance. It keeps her infection free, but if I slack off, it comes right back. She hates it and takes off and hides whenever she hears the bottle opening.

    I mix half white vinegar and half rubbing alcohol in a little dropper bottle. Cheap. I learned about it online, after struggling with chronic pool ear infections in myself. Works great. The vinegar lowers the pH to an acidic level that nothing can live in, and the alcohol helps keep it dry.

    I also pluck her ear hair while grooming. I use an ear powder to get a good grip and forceps to gently pull it out. She doesn't mind that. You would think it would hurt, but she barely notices, and having less hair to trap gunk really helps keep her healthier.
  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    When I had my sweet girl, I took her to the groomers every 6-8 weeks. She was a cockapoo, and since she didn't shed she needed to be regularly clipped. My groomer also did her nails, expressed her anal glands, and plucked her ears. In between, I had no trouble bathing her if necessary, and I cleaned her ears almost daily as she had LOTS of ear infections. For the last year and a half of her life, she was blind, hard of hearing, would routinely get staph infections on her skin, and other issues that I'm sure no one wants to hear about. My groomer was sooo good with her. I'll always be grateful for the kindness and care she showed her.
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  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,771Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    SCG ~ if you have a tack shop near you, look for a shampoo there. Lots of specialty (not expensive by any means) ones for grey horses they will get your dog really white :)
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  • curlyarcacurlyarca Posts: 8,449Registered Users
    RCW, I'm glad you mentioned homemade solutions. Whatever I don't have to go to a pet store to get, the better. I already spend a crapload there now.

    Crimsonhedemon, thanks for the snood tip. That may work.

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  • earthnutearthnut Posts: 226Registered Users
    I have a 14 lb havanese with wavy silky hair. His breath smells some, but not his fur. I trim his nails when they start clacking (every 1-2 weeks), wash him when he's itching a lot (every 1-2 months), and I shave all his fur off when it starts matting (2-3 times a year).

    When I give him a bath, I'll rub in salt where fleas tend to be, shampoo where he's dirty, and condition him all over really well to prevent matts. I use my own products on him. I leave his ears and tail long haired, which doesn't require much de-matting, but I don't want the hassle of having him long haired all over. That would require de-matting every day!

    I took him to a groomer once, but they didn't do that good of a job for the money they charged! Shaving day is an all day affair, but I don't do it very often so I don't mind that much.

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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    Regarding ears...

    My younger dog has chronic ear infection issues. Hundreds of dollars and multiple trips to the vet couldn't clear it up. Finally, I decided to use on the dog what I use on myself after swimming...a dropperful of vinegar/alcohol in her ear each day. That cured her. Now I just put it in her ears a couple times a week as maintenance. It keeps her infection free, but if I slack off, it comes right back. She hates it and takes off and hides whenever she hears the bottle opening.

    I mix half white vinegar and half rubbing alcohol in a little dropper bottle. Cheap. I learned about it online, after struggling with chronic pool ear infections in myself. Works great. The vinegar lowers the pH to an acidic level that nothing can live in, and the alcohol helps keep it dry.

    I also pluck her ear hair while grooming. I use an ear powder to get a good grip and forceps to gently pull it out. She doesn't mind that. You would think it would hurt, but she barely notices, and having less hair to trap gunk really helps keep her healthier.

    I need to try this but I am concerned the alcohol will irritate any sores he may have from scratching at his ears. What to do (rhetorical question for myself-lol)!!!

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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    VTmom wrote: »
    When I had my sweet girl, I took her to the groomers every 6-8 weeks. She was a cockapoo, and since she didn't shed she needed to be regularly clipped. My groomer also did her nails, expressed her anal glands, and plucked her ears. In between, I had no trouble bathing her if necessary, and I cleaned her ears almost daily as she had LOTS of ear infections. For the last year and a half of her life, she was blind, hard of hearing, would routinely get staph infections on her skin, and other issues that I'm sure no one wants to hear about. My groomer was sooo good with her. I'll always be grateful for the kindness and care she showed her.

    My groomer is also great with all of Casey's issues too and I so appreciate that.

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  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    Here's what the bloodhound people recommend for cleaning the inside of the ear. This can clear up an infection and prevent.. Good stuff and much cheaper than the vet.
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  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    My dog has a long slick coat, so has always been pretty easy. However, she's 13 now and as typical with age has developed a much thicker undercoat which sheds constantly. I've been trying to brush her as close to daily as possible to keep the hair down. We have a mobile groomer who will come here, which is great as my dog can get aggressive toward dogs she doesn't know so I won't let her go to a groomer elsewhere unless I can be there to make sure she stays under control. She's only been shaved short once and was miserable. I was on vacation and my mom had it done while I was gone - the poor dog shivered for weeks and couldn't get comfortable anywhere. I ended up giving her a long-sleeved shirt to wear tied up so she wouldn't step on it with her back legs, and she would just curl herself up inside it.

    My mom's poodle mix is another with ear infections. Poor guy lasted almost a year in between this last time but typically his whole life has gotten them every few months - so expensive!
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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    Here's what the bloodhound people recommend for cleaning the inside of the ear. This can clear up an infection and prevent.. Good stuff and much cheaper than the vet.
    BLUE.HTM

    Love the snoods. Can get them in multiple fabrics to match every mood.


    I think Casey is odd. It is like he is resistant to all fixes. His ears 'laughed' at the blue stuff. :(
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    In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users
    i have two cairn terriers. i take them to pet smart for professional grooming about once a quarter. i bathe them as needed but i was told early on that frequent baths aren't good for their skin. i spray them with a washless shampoo to freshen them up. i use o very good desheding comb often. one has thicker, courser hair than the other and i can get some hair off him about twice a week. the others hair is thinner and doesn't seem to grow as fast. i clip their nails in between visits when they seem long and are clacking against my floors. i've learned to do that after we go for a long walk cause they're too tired to fight me ;)

    when i take them to the groomer i ask that they have cotton balls put in their ears because myles got a terrible ear infection after one visit. since then i've not had any issues. i clean their ears and eyes (with drops) as needed.

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  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    xcptnl wrote: »
    Here's what the bloodhound people recommend for cleaning the inside of the ear. This can clear up an infection and prevent.. Good stuff and much cheaper than the vet.
    BLUE.HTM

    Love the snoods. Can get them in multiple fabrics to match every mood.


    I think Casey is odd. It is like he is resistant to all fixes. His ears 'laughed' at the blue stuff. :(
    :sad: That happens when there's immune dysfunction or the infections are chronic. We had a rescue that nothing could heal those ears. Poor guy! How is Casey doing?
  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    xcptnl wrote: »
    Here's what the bloodhound people recommend for cleaning the inside of the ear. This can clear up an infection and prevent.. Good stuff and much cheaper than the vet.
    BLUE.HTM

    Love the snoods. Can get them in multiple fabrics to match every mood.


    I think Casey is odd. It is like he is resistant to all fixes. His ears 'laughed' at the blue stuff. :(
    :sad: That happens when there's immune dysfunction or the infections are chronic. We had a rescue that nothing could heal those ears. Poor guy! How is Casey doing?

    He is doing somewhat better on the new food (no grains or potato) and his supplements. Thanks for asking.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    xcptnl wrote: »
    Here's what the bloodhound people recommend for cleaning the inside of the ear. This can clear up an infection and prevent.. Good stuff and much cheaper than the vet.
    BLUE.HTM

    Love the snoods. Can get them in multiple fabrics to match every mood.


    I think Casey is odd. It is like he is resistant to all fixes. His ears 'laughed' at the blue stuff. :(
    :sad: That happens when there's immune dysfunction or the infections are chronic. We had a rescue that nothing could heal those ears. Poor guy! How is Casey doing?


    I had a pug whose skin irritations were so chronic that nothing ever helped her. All the vet or natural remedies, all the anti-allergy treatments and precautions in the world, didn't help. I think she was too inbred and that is what caused her problems, and they were unfixable. She suffered.
  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    xcptnl wrote: »


    I think Casey is odd. It is like he is resistant to all fixes. His ears 'laughed' at the blue stuff. :(
    :sad: That happens when there's immune dysfunction or the infections are chronic. We had a rescue that nothing could heal those ears. Poor guy! How is Casey doing?


    I had a pug whose skin irritations were so chronic that nothing ever helped her. All the vet or natural remedies, all the anti-allergy treatments and precautions in the world, didn't help. I think she was too inbred and that is what caused her problems, and they were unfixable. She suffered.

    I wish I could bite the bullet and go
    raw food for him.
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    One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

    In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~